The University of Latvia offers the first and currently the only bachelor's study programme in anthropology in Latvia. The bachelor's programme provides a foundation in anthropology for three years, especially developing research skills and knowledge in qualitative research methodology. Studying one or two semesters, using the opportunities of the Erasmus programme, a student can also study at other European universities. The programme not only prepares academically educated anthropologists, but also serves as a first or further step in development, providing learning and life skills that can be used both in business and work in public and non-governmental sector. Studies are conducted bilingually in Latvian/English. Communication in classes occurs mostly in English, because the study group consists of students from different countries – Latvia, USA, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, but most of the study work can also be done in Latvian.

Job opportunities

Anthropologists in Latvia work in both governmental and non-governmental organizations, and are engaged in business. Studies promote systemic and critical thinking, understanding of cultural and human diversity, as well as research skills. When creating the programme, we are well aware that only a small part of students will choose anthropology as their main occupation and will build an academic career. Already in the structure of the programme, we have directed the courses to those areas of the national economy where anthropological expertise combined with analytical and communication skills will be required. Some master's level students admit that the knowledge provided in the programme helps to develop the already started business. During the bachelor's level studies, students have the opportunity to engage in publicly significant anthropological research in cooperation with various partners.

Study offer

Studies are possible both full-time and by creating an individual plan, also in a longer period of time, if they need to be combined with work. In the latter case, there is no overpayment for studies – studying slowly will not cost more in general, but it must be taken into account that the state does not support "slow" studies of working students.

Full-time study plans for each year of admission can be found here:

2018

2019

2020

2021

2022